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5 former Utah college stars who could be impacted this NFL offseason

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 13 2013 4:37 p.m. MST

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BYU's all-time receiving yards leader, Austin Collie, is an unrestricted free agent with the Colts, and it is not clear whether Indianapolis plans to re-sign him. Collie, who has shined at times and proven to be a soft-handed pass catcher during his NFL career, has been plagued by health issues in his four years in the league.

Collie has had four concussions since he entered the NFL, and those cut short his 2010 season, which started promisingly. Collie also missed almost all of last season with a ruptured patella tendon in his right knee. With Collie sidelined, Indianapolis turned to wide receiver T.Y. Hilton and Donnie Avery to help fill his void, and both played well.

Will Carroll, the lead writer for Sports Medicine at Bleacher Report, recently tweeted he doesn't believe Collie will return to the Colts, and that maybe he will head to Baltimore or Denver. Either destination would be interesting, as Collie would be reunited with former teammates with either the Ravens (Dennis Pitta) or the Broncos (Peyton Manning). Collie's name has also crept up in discussions of what the Cowboys could be looking for.

Kyle Rodriguez of Colts Authority suggested Indianapolis should keep Collie around.

"He’s a great route runner, possesses underrated quick speed, has excellent hands, and fearlessness running in the middle of the field (could be related to his four concussions)," Rodriguez wrote. "Collie’s numbers as a Colt in three seasons were pretty exceptional — 173 receptions, 1,845 yards, 16 TDs, only 1 fumble — and in one of those seasons he was being targeted by a Curtis Painter and Dan Orlovsky."

In his weekly Colts Mailbag Q&A column, Colts.com writer Craig Kelley responded to a fan who suggested releasing Collie so the team would have more money under the salary cap to secure more secondary players.

"I hope Austin is back and healthy, Kelley said. "He has a solid body of work."
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Lonster
Sandy, UT

Collie is good when he's not injured, but then so is Greg Oden. I understand there are some NBA teams actually considering signing Oden, so signing Collie, injury history and all, will likely happen.

owlmaster2
Kaysville, UT

Austin Collie is too fragile to play more than 2 to 3 games a season. Oden does play half the season. lol sometimes.
The Eagles could easily use Alex Smith.... Michael Vick can't finish a season unhurt.

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